Hungarian tourists were forced to quarantine in Thailand. A Hungarian couple has been currently waiting in two separate hospitel rooms to get rid of the COVID-19 infection. The unfortunate pair shared their experiences. According to them, they already faced issues during air travel, in addition to the confusion in terms of the healthcare facility and the accommodation expenses.
Earlier, a Hungarian woman had to quarantine after catching the coronavirus infection in Thailand during her vacation. After the incident, a Hungarian couple also reported to index.hu, that they were compelled to do the same. Rebeka and her partner travelled to Thailand for a long-planned vacation.
The couple got the infection in Thailand.
Although the Hungarian tourists entered the exotic country with a negative COVID-19 test, they had to spend the first night in quarantine upon their arrival. The tests and the quarantine stay have to be paid for by the visitor.
The Hungarian tourists already had a bad gut feeling on the plane. “Unfortunately, there was another passenger on the plane who did not wear the mask the correct way. I do not know why it is so hard for some to cover their noses,” writes Rebeka in her report.
The couple received the result of the second test while they were sitting in a taxi. It was then that they learned that both of them had contracted the virus. The taxi driver was scared at first, but she was kind and helpful all along the drive. After the positive test, the couple headed to a hospitel.
The hospitel is a government-approved facility where people can talk to doctors and receive health care in Thailand.
The hospitel is a 15-square-metre room with a balcony. The staff is kind and helpful. Patients can order food, but by the time it arrives, it is often already cold. They have to measure their fever and monitor their pulse oxygen levels twice a day. The results are sent to the medical staff through an application. In principle, this costs HUF 180,000 thousand (EUR 505) a day.
Nobody knows who will pay the bills.
The Hungarian couple is trying to talk to an insurance company and local hospitals. Hopefully, the insurance company will cover all the expenses. However, this is far from certain. Hospitality, food and travel expenses will amount to at least HUF 1 million (EUR 2800) per person.
Portfolio.hu previously reported that the Thai Ministry of Health advertises the importance of vaccination due to a large number of infections. Three months after the third vaccination, residents can already request the fourth jab.
Source: index.hu, portfolio.hu